Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— (John Keats, 1795-1821)

In this famous poem, autumn is seen as a musician, and the music which autumn produces is as pleasant as the music of spring, so take comfort in this, and settle into the sounds of autumn with this playlist. The long summer days are slowly shortening, and the transition to winter begins. Personally, autumn is my favourite season because the weather is still comparatively reasonable and flights abroad dip in price after the summer peak season.

Photo by Joanna Demarco

Greek mythology explained the seasons in the story of the capture of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter – goddess of vegetation. One sunny day, while Persephone was picking flowers for her mother, Hades, the god of the Underworld, noticed her and fell strongly in love with her, so he decided to abduct her to the Underworld. When her mother sought out Helios, the god of the sun, he revealed the truth, and she was so furious that she stopped all fertility on earth. In order to put an end to the world’s misery, Zeus decided it would be best to bring Persephone back to her mother. This way, the seasons were created in the upper world. All the time Persephone was with Demeter, Demeter was so delighted, that the sun was shining and everything flowered. All the remaining time where Persephone returned to the Underworld, Persephone was in grief and nothing grew- it was the time winter set off in the world.

This playlist mimics the peaceful season of autumn when the sun is still present, with songs such as Chocolate by The 1975, and Boat Behind by Kings of Convenience. Reminisce about the spell-binding summer we have had with Jay Hawkin‘s famous tune, and the summer parties with the electro-swing track – Vive Le Swing.